Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lathon Career on Hold after Shooting in City

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lathon Career on Hold after Shooting in City

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Let's spar eight quick rounds on the local boxing scene:

Round 1: The once-potent career of Ray Lathon is in doubt.

Lathon, a southpaw power-hitter, was shot in his left arm 10 days ago, said Myrl Taylor, the light-heavyweight's volunteer adviser.

Lathon (14-1) was with fellow boxer Larry Temple when a gunman jumped out of gangway outside Temple's home near Kingshighway and Manchester Road, Taylor said.

Lathon, 28, was the only victim. The motive was not known.

"He's got a broken arm," Taylor said. "He's out for a year. At his age, I think he's probably done. He used to live near there, and I kept telling him to stay out of there."

Lathon is out of the hospital but could not be reached for comment.

Round 2: Five years ago, Lathon completed the Triple Crown of national amateur titles - USA Boxing, Golden Gloves and Olympic Festival.

His pro career was stunted by injuries and a poor work ethic.

"His problem is he keeps talking `tomorrow' today," Taylor said. "He was a million bucks on the hoof, and he threw it all away."

Lathon's only loss came in his last fight, a unanimous 10-round decision to 1992 Olympian Montell Griffin Sept. 12 in Los Angeles.

Round 3: Lavell Finger (15-0) won his long-awaited welterweight showdown with Curtis Byrd (14-2) Saturday at West Port Plaza.

Promoter Steve Conley said Finger scored two knockdowns in winning a tight but unanimous decision.

The attendance was estimated at 750, Conley said.

Round 4: Arthur Jimmerson, back from knee surgery and weight problems, suffered his first loss in 4 1/2 years on the Finger undercard.

Jimmerson, 31, lost a unanimous eight-round decision to Holsey Ellingburg, an unheralded cruiserweight from Kansas City. Jimmerson has fought mainly club fighters since being kayoed by Andrew Maynard.

Jimmerson weighed 195 pounds, the winner 188.

Round 5: Ticket sales are a month ahead of last year's record pace for the 7th annual Budweiser Metro Showdown on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. …

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